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Viggo Mortensen’s THE DEAD DON'T HURT To Be the Opening Screening of the 21st FICM

The Dead Don’t Hurt, Viggo Mortensen’s second outing as writer-director, will be the opening screening of the 21st Morelia International Film Festival (FICM). The 21st FICM will feature the presence of the director.

The Dead Don't Hurt (2023, Dir. Viggo Mortenssen)
The Dead Don't Hurt (2023, Dir. Viggo Mortenssen)

The Dead Don't Hurt is a story of star-crossed lovers that takes place on the western U.S. frontier in the 1860s. Vivienne Le Coudy (Vicky Krieps) is a fiercely independent woman who embarks on a relationship with Danish immigrant Holger Olsen (Viggo Mortensen). After meeting Olsen in San Francisco, she agrees to travel with him to his home near the quiet town of Elk Flats, Nevada, where they start a life together. The outbreak of the Civil War separates them when Olsen makes a fateful decision to fight for the Union. This leaves Vivienne to fend for herself in a place controlled by corrupt Mayor Rudolph Schiller (Danny Huston) and his unscrupulous business partner, powerful rancher Alfred Jeffries (Garret Dillahunt). Alfred's violent, wayward son Weston (Solly McLeod) aggressively pursues Vivienne, who is determined to resist his unwanted advances. When Olsen returns from war, he and Vivienne must confront and make peace with the person each has become. Both a tragic love story and a tale of revenge, The Dead Don’t Hurt is a portrait of a passionate woman determined to stand up for herself in an unforgiving world dominated by ruthless men.

#FICM2023 will take place from October 20 to 29 in a hybrid version with screenings in Morelia, Michoacán, and virtual screenings on Canal 22 and FilminLatino.